After years working as a doctor in his native Texas, IL Central Valley Correspondent John Michael Arthur “retired” to the bucolic bliss of Costa Rica’s lush Orosi Valley.
“The grand plan was to retire at age 55,” says Kent. “But discovering Medellín made it easy to do that sooner. Our cost of living is 65% lower than it would be in Denver, Colorado.”
There I was, sipping a lovely white wine from grapes grown within 100 yards of where I stood at a community wine festival. You might think I’d gone off the beaten track to some remote corner of France where timeless traditions still hold sway... but I was in fact, right bang in the middle of one of Paris’ popular tourist areas—the bohemian quarter of Montmartre.
For the past seven years, since transplanting herself to the historic and beautiful city of Mérida (the capital of the state of Yucatán), Linda has immersed herself in the history of the area and of the indigenous Maya people who have inhabited this region for millennia.
Kuala Lumpur, or KL to the locals, is Malaysia's largest city. It's a fun place to explore and the more time you spend here, the more interesting places you'll discover.
On a sunny day, Ireland is the most beautiful country in the world. Bog flowers bloom, lush meadows invite you to hop their lichen-covered stone walls, and the seas of Europe’s Celtic fringe take on the character of the Greek Aegean: shimmering turquoise, blue, and aquamarine...
Shortly after moving to southern Costa Rica in 2015, a new priority topped my "to do" list: make friends. I knew that cultivating friendships would be essential for me to adjust to my new life.
Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, on the southernmost point of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma has an off-the-beaten-path feel. Visitors and locals enjoy its quiet beaches, proximity to wildlife, and unique laidback artistic vibe. Though it has a small population--roughly 500 people--Montezuma has a vibrant arts...
The Philippines is a nation comprised of over 7,000 islands, and an internet search for “best islands in the Philippines” turns up 78,500,000 results, so picking the right spots can seem a little daunting.
Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t just the sea and the beach that made me fall in love with this coastal Portuguese town. Cascais has a lot more to offer than just beautiful scenery and a laidback atmosphere.